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Community Giving at MIT: power in numbers

Local nonprofits need financial help now more than ever, and the MIT community is responding with a big heart. The Community Giving at MIT campaign invites you to join the equation of generous MIT employees and retirees. The campaign offers the easiest and most effective way to make your charitable contribution. Every gift, modest or large, counts and is appreciated.

Your participation matters
There are compelling and practical benefits to make your charitable donation through MIT. For many, giving via payroll deduction may be a more financially feasible option instead of writing a check. Weekly or monthly deductions from a large group of donors quickly add up and your dollar goes further to amplify its impact. MIT disperses these collective donations to recipient organizations and reduces the time and effort charities spend to process individual donations. Also, workplace and focused giving helps eliminate the clutter of charitable giving and provides donors with a “one-stop shopping” opportunity. As Johanna Sprague, a department ambassador expressed, “This program gives us a reason to give rather than an excuse not to.”

Your giving options
The campaign provides three flexible options to contribute to local health and human service agencies: The MIT Community Service Fund (CSF), the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, and your favorite local charity. The MIT Community Service Fund provides financial support to student projects, nonprofit organizations where MIT people are at work, and strong neighborhood-based agencies that have years of exemplary service to Cambridge and Boston families. A pledge to CSF is like backing the home team — your MIT colleagues and the students who take such pride in public service. The CSF awarded $109,000 in grants to 25 local non-profits and student volunteer projects in 2008-09, including the Cambridge Community Center, the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, and the Science Club for Girls. One unique project supported by CSF involved students from MIT’s architecture department who worked with Cambridge high school students to design and construct an innovative classroom space that is fun, safe, and enlivens the urban landscape. Through its grants program, the MIT Community Service Fund engages in valuable community building, both within 77 Massachusetts Avenue and in the larger Cambridge and Boston neighborhoods.

The United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley aims to make Greater Boston the best place for children in the U.S. by 2015. Donors can designate impact areas to support, including healthy child development, family-sustaining employment, safe and affordable housing, or the Math, Science, and Technology Initiative (MSTi), in which MIT participates. Alternatively, donors can select the community impact fund that includes 200 partner community agencies or give directly to a United Way agency.

Recognizing that MIT employees and retirees may have causes or organizations they care about, Community Giving at MIT added more giving choice. Donors may now select their favorite local 501(c)(3) health or human services agency to support.

How to donate
Donate to the MIT Community Service Fund, the United Way of Massachusetts Bay & Merrimack Valley, or your favorite local charity through payroll deduction, check, credit card or securities by December 31, the official close of the campaign. Donate online at by December 31 to be entered in a raffle or request a donation packet from the Community Services Office (617-253-7914 or

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